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Chris O'Dowd's wife and actress Emerald Fennell up for U.K.'s Children's Book Prize

February 13th, 2014 8:40pm EST
Chris O'Dowd
Bridesmaids star Chris O'dowd's TV presenter wife Dawn O' Porter and British actress Emerald Fennell have been shortlisted for the U.K.'s coveted Children's Book Prize.

O' Porter's first novel for youths, Paper Aeroplanes, which was inspired by her own upbringing on the British island of Guernsey, is up for Best Book for Teens, while Anna Karenina star Fennell is in the running in the Best Fiction for 5-12s section for her release Shiverton Hall, about the strange goings-on in a haunted school.

Fennell will compete against screenwriter and director Soman Chainani, whose book The School fo...

Ellen DeGeneres Pushes For 'Bridesmaids' Sequel, Role

December 21st, 2013 10:00am EST
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is angling for a role in "Bridesmaids 2," even though plans for a sequel have not been greenlit.

The actress and daytime talk show star is hosting the upcoming Oscars and worked with director Paul Feig to promote the awards show. She’s hoping their collaboration will lead to a part in a sequel to the comedy.

DeGeneres, 55, released a video on Thursday for the Academy Awards and at one point declares: "Two plus two: great Oscar promo, `Bridesmaids 2,' cha-ching!"

“Bridesmaids” was a huge success when it was released in 2011, but the director hasn’t announced that he’s maki...

Chris O'Dowd inks deal to pen Moone Boy books

December 11th, 2013 3:20am EST
Chris O'Dowd
Irish actor Chris O'dowd has landed a deal to turn his popular TV show Moone Boy into a series of children's books.

The Bridesmaids star and the show's co-creator Nick Vincent Murphy have signed a six-figure deal with publisher Macmillan to write the tomes, with the first one due out next autumn (14).

Loosely-based on O'Dowd's childhood, the show features a young boy in rural Ireland and his relationships with his dysfunctional family and an imaginary friend.

Last month (Nov13), O'Dowd and Murphy scored their first International Emmy by winning in the Comedy category, seeing off competit...

Chris O'Dowd was broke when Bridesmaids hit the big screen

November 14th, 2013 3:20am EST
Irish actor Chris O'dowd was so broke at the time Bridesmaids hit the big screen, he couldn't even afford cable TV to watch his U.S. interviews promoting the film.

The star landed his breakthrough role in the 2011 hit after moving to Los Angeles to get over a broken heart, and bought himself a base in the city from which to pursue his movie career.

O'Dowd was thrust into the limelight when the comedy drew rave reviews, but funnelling his money into his American home left him so poor, he couldn't keep up with his bills.

He says, "I bought a house... I put all of my money into this house a...

Rebel Wilson busted for stealing from Disneyland buffet

November 12th, 2013 3:20am EST
Rebel Wilson
Comedienne Rebel Wilson was once caught stealing desserts from a Disneyland themepark buffet.

The Bridesmaids actress moved to Hollywood just three years ago from her native Australia, and thanks to her meteoric rise to fame, Wilson has been able to enjoy some perks of becoming a well-known star.

During an interview with U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres on Monday (11Nov13), she revealed she was invited to a members-only restaurant in California's beloved Disneyland themepark, where she made a name for herself for all the wrong reasons.

She explained, "My siblings and I got to go the v...

Melissa McCarthy ruined expensive movie wig in awry jet ski stunt

November 4th, 2013 3:10am EST
Melissa McCarthy
Actress Melissa Mccarthy was left with a bruised ego while practising a stunt for her new movie after flying off a jet ski and losing an expensive wig before filming had even begun.

The Bridesmaids star was determined to perform a water stunt for one scene in Tammy herself, despite having little prior experience on a jet ski, so she decided to go for a test run with her stunt co-ordinator - complete with her character's pricey hairpiece to make sure it would stay in place during the shoot.

However, her safety check didn't go quite as planned and she soon ended up underwater, ruining the w...

James Franco confirms Broadway bow

October 21st, 2013 8:31pm EDT
James Franco
James Franco has confirmed reports suggesting he will make his Broadway debut opposite Bridesmaids star Chris O'dowd in a new stage production of John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice & Men.

Franco will play savvy migrant worker George to O'Dowd's mentally challenged Lennie in the latest revamp of the Depression Era drama, which will be director by Tony Award winner Anna Shapiro.

Announcing the news, the 127 Hours star says, "I am going to do Of Mice And Men with Chris O' Dowd, directed by this amazing director, Anna Shapiro, who won a Tony for the stage version of August: Osage County. So that ...

Elle editors defend Melissa McCarthy cover amid criticism

October 18th, 2013 3:01am EDT
Melissa McCarthy
Editors at Elle magazine have defended their decision to cover up actress Melissa Mccarthy on the front of the latest issue, despite criticism that they are purposefully trying to hide her fuller figure.

The Bridesmaids star is featured on the cover of the U.S. fashion magazine's November (13) issue, as part of the annual Women in Hollywood celebration.

In the photograph, McCarthy is bundled up in a winter coat, which readers have deemed as pure 'sizeism' - because on alternate covers, Reese Witherspoon flaunts her body in a fitted black dress, while The Descendants star Shailene Woodley ...

Childless Wendi McLendon-Covey draws on friends' parenting for onscreen roles

October 10th, 2013 3:02am EDT
Wendi McLendon-Covey
Actress Wendi Mclendon-Covey relies on her friends' experiences as parents for inspiration for her motherly roles onscreen because she has no desire to ever start a family of her own.

The Bridesmaids star portrayed a disgruntled mum in the hit comedy and plays the family matriarch in new U.S. TV series The Goldbergs, but the 43 year old has no plans to have children with her husband, Greg Covey.

She tells People magazine, "Greg and I just had our 17th anniversary. I love other people's kids, but I know my limits. I don't feel like anything's missing."

Maya Rudolph is a new mum - report

September 10th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Maya Rudolph
Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph has sparked speculation she is a new mother by stepping out with a baby.

The comedienne/actress confirmed in April (13) she was pregnant with her fourth child and revealed she had a summer (13) due date.

Now it appears Rudolph has given birth - E! News reports the funnywoman was seen carrying a swaddled baby through Los Angeles International Airport on 2 September (13).

Rudolph and her longtime partner, director Paul Thomas Anderson, are already parents to Pearl, seven, Lucille, three, and two-year-old Jack.

Rose Byrne praises Simon Baker for helping her through bird scene

August 8th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Rose Byrne
Rose Byrne has praised Australian actor Simon Baker for helping her face her fear of birds when she was forced to work with doves in British comedy I Give It A Year.

The Bridesmaids star discovered her phobia on the set of the film when Baker's character attempts a big romantic gesture, and she could only marvel at her co-star's calmness as the creatures flitted above their heads.

She tells WENN, "I was terrified. I'm not good with birds. I didn't realise how close the proximity was and I was a mess! The scene was hijacked by my fear. It turned what was supposed to be a really romantic sc...

Rebel Wilson suffered fashion nightmare at Jason Segel lunch

August 8th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Jason Segel
Australian comedienne Rebel Wilson was left red-faced during a one-time lunch date with actor Jason Segel after ripping her leather jacket as she went to sit down.

The Bridesmaids actress reveals she was trying hard to make a good impression on the Forgetting Sarah Marshall star on her first Hollywood meeting, but her efforts ended in embarrassment.

She has drawn on the real-life incident for a scene in her new U.S. sitcom, Super Fun Night, and admits she is no stranger to fashion nightmares.

Wilson tells Cosmopolitan magazine, "There's a scene (in the sitcom) where my dress rips, and so...

Kristen Wiig Turns Down 'Bridesmaids' Sequel

July 1st, 2013 5:07pm EDT
Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig has turned down a lucrative sequel to the hit comedy Bridesmaids, and she says the decision wasn't a hard one.

Wiig told Harper's Bazaar she and Bridesmaid writer Annie Mumolo were given the chance to start work on a sequel, and the two immediately turned it down. "It wasn't a hard decision. We knew during the first one, this was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that's not my goal in my creative life."

Bridesmaids was a runaway hit when it came out in 2011, grossing almost $300 million in theaters and helping to catapult Melissa McCarthy in...

Kristen Wiig snubbed lucrative Bridesmaids sequel

July 1st, 2013 3:20am EDT
Kristen Wiig
Actress Kristen Wiig has ruled out a follow-up to her smash hit comedy Bridesmaids after turning down a big money deal to write a sequel.

The funnywoman's film about a doomed bachelorette party was a surprise hit at the box office, raking in $288 million (£189 million) worldwide following its release in 2011.

The cast, including Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph, have both voiced their desire to return for a second movie, but Wiig reveals she snubbed a sequel offer - despite being in line for a huge pay day.

She tells Harper's Bazaar, "It wasn't a hard decision. We knew during the first ...

5 Funniest Movies Of The Last 20 Years - Celebrating National Humor Month

April 14th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
T.S. Eliot began his famous poem "The Waste Land" by saying "April is the cruelest month." Larry Wilde, Director of the Carmel Institute of Humor, agrees that Americans need a little extra humor in their lives in April to boost their sprits and relieve some of the stress of dealing with taxes. In 1976 Wilde declared that April would forevermore be known as National Humor Month. Beginning with April Fool's Day, this formerly cruel month is now one of the funniest. To celebrate National Humor Month and get you in a gut-busting mood, let's take a look back at the five funniest movies of the la...

Beyonce & Angelina Jolie Named 'Most Powerful Moms'

May 11th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
Beyonce & Angelina Jolie
Singer Beyonce and actress Angelina Jolie are among 2012's "Most Powerful Moms," according to editors at Working Mother magazine.

To mark Mother's Day on Sunday, the magazine chose 10 women who lead the way in their chosen careers. Jennifer Owens, Working Mother Media's Editorial Director, told, "(They) are just a few of the moms making a major impact right now. All of the power women on our list have at least one child 18 or younger, and all are based in the U.S."

Beyonce became a first-time mom in January when she welcomed daughter Blue Ivy with husband Jay-Z. Meanwhile,...

MTV Movie Award Surprises: Can 'The Help' Beat 'Hunger Games?'

May 1st, 2012 3:30pm EDT
MTV Movie Award Surprises
The MTV Movie Awards have their finger on the pulse of 2011/2012 cinema with tons of nominations for The Hunger Games, Bridesmaids and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. If they’re really current, Hunger Games will sweep but there are a few interesting surprises here too.

The Help is a nominee for best picture. Maybe it’ll be the dark horse winner and make up for losing the Oscar? Only if Hunger Games and Bridesmaids split the vote. It’s interesting that MTV acknowledges the popular historical drama, perhaps doing its part for civil rights education.

For best male performance, he...

'The Hunger Games' And 'Bridesmaids' Top 2012 MTV Movie Awards Nominations

May 1st, 2012 8:22am EDT
The Hunger Games
Kristen Wiig will do battle with Jennifer Lawrence at the annual MTV Movie Awards after Bridesmaids and The Hunger Games scored eight nominations apiece.

The actresses will compete for Best Female Performance at the prizegiving, alongside Rooney Mara, Emma Stone and Emma Watson.

The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids are both up for Movie of the Year, but will face stiff competition from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Help and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.

Both films are also nominated in the Best Cast category and for the Best Breakthrough Performance, for B...

'Bridesmaids' Dominate The 2012 Comedy Awards

April 30th, 2012 8:33am EDT
The stars of hit movie Bridesmaids were the toast of The Comedy Awards in New York City over the weekend as the film landed four of the night's top trophies.

Melissa McCarthy, who won an Oscar nomination for her part in the movie, scooped Best Performance by an Actress during the Comedy Central prize giving at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on Saturday night.

The actress' co-star Kristen Wiig shared the Best Comedy Screenplay prize with her co-writer Annie Mumolo, and the pair drew laughs from the audience by pretending to wrestle for the trophy on stage.

Paul Feig won Best Com...

Rebel Wilson Signs Up For Bodybuilder Crime Drama 'Pain And Gain'

March 28th, 2012 12:08pm EDT
Rebel Wilson
After years of cranking out rock 'em sock 'em "Transformers" blowouts, Michael Bay is finally seizing the chance to rebel.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Aussie comedienne/scene stealer Rebel Wilson is stuck between The Rock and a hard place as she joins Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg in Bay's bodybuilder crime drama "Pain and Gain."

Wilson apparently landed on Bay's radar (Baydar?) after she became the other plus-size sensation besides Melissa McCarthy to gain some "Bridesmaids" traction as Brynn, the oddball roommate of Kristen Wiig who mistook her diary for "a very sad handwritten...

2012 Comedy Awards Nominations: And The Punchline Goes To ...

March 6th, 2012 3:40pm EST
Comedy Central announced the nominees for the second annual Comedy Awards earlier today and it was no laughing matter.

"Bridesmaids" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love." are about to face off in a two-way race for the most lauded flick, as each landed five nominations in the film categories.

"Midnight in Paris" followed with four nods, while "The Artist" and "Horrible Bosses" were close behind with three nominations each.

Considering its massive box office and award season success, the nominations for "Bridesmaids" — which include Comedy Film, Comedy Director - Film (Paul Feig), Comedy Screenpla...

Goldie Hawn Drops Out Of 'The Viagra Diaries'

March 2nd, 2012 2:16pm EST
Goldie Hawn
Actress Goldie Hawn has reportedly dropped out of her upcoming TV show The Viagra Diaries.

Hawn has not been seen onscreen since the release of The Banger Sisters a decade ago and she was slated to make her big return as a newly single woman, who finds herself alone after 35 years of marriage.

However, the veteran star has now pulled out of the HBO network project after allegedly falling out with TV bosses, according to

The Viagra Diaries, created by Sex and the City producer Darren Starr, will now continue on without Hawn under the direction of Bridesmaids filmmaker Pau...

'The Artist' & 'Hugo' Top Oscars With Five Wins Each (Full List Of Academy Award Winners)

February 27th, 2012 12:46am EST
The Artist and Hugo
Tom Hanks, who ended last year's Academy Awards by announcing Best Picture winner The King's Speech, started things off at this year's Oscars by handing out the evening's first two awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Both awards went to Martin Scorsese's 3D family film Hugo, quickly setting the tone for a possible upset in the coveted Best Picture category at the end of the ceremony.

But that wasn't to be, as frontrunner The Artist took most of the night's major awards, including Best Picture, Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Director (Michel Hazanavicius).

Both films finishe...

Watch As The Stars Arrive On The Red Carpet At The Oscars (Live Stream)

February 26th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Academy Awards
Hollywood's top stars will begin arriving on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif., for the 84th Academy Awards this afternoon and you can watch all the action right here.

The live stream begins today at 2:00pm PST (5:00 pm EST), and will run until 4:30pm PST (7:30pm EST), when the stars will begin taking their seats before the show gets underway.

Check out all the hot fashions and watch all the stars and Oscar nominees as they arrive for Tinseltown's biggest night.

Melissa McCarthy Fears Academy Awards Nod Is A Joke

February 9th, 2012 2:45pm EST
Melissa McCarthy is struggling to get used to her newfound success, admitting she keeps expecting to be told her Oscars nomination is a joke.

McCarthy held down several waitressing jobs for years before landing a string of TV roles, but her Hollywood career turned a corner last year following the release of huge box office hit Bridesmaids.

She is up for the Best Supporting Actress accolade at the Academy Awards later this month, but the star reveals she still worries about her film career.

McCarthy tells the Press Association, "I keep pinching myself and I really hope I don't get the cal...

Melissa McCarthy Forced To Skip Awards Ceremony Due To Illness

February 5th, 2012 9:30am EST
Melissa McCarthy
Actress Melissa McCarthy was forced to pull out of an award ceremony at California's Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Friday after falling ill.

She was due to pick up a Virtuosos Award for her performance in Bridesmaids at the festival, but missed out after coming down with laryngitis.

The Virtuosos Award, recognizing the year's stand-out performers, was also handed out to Rooney Mara for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Young Adult's Patton Oswalt, A Better Life actor Demian Bichir, Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Andy Serkis and The Descendants actress Shailene Woodley.


Judd Apatow To Receive WGA Honor

February 1st, 2012 7:58pm EST
Judd Apatow
Filmmaker Judd Apatow is to be honored for his comedy work by the Writers Guild of America (WGA).

The Knocked Up screenwriter and director will receive the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence from Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig at the WGA's East Coast Awards in New York on February 19.

Apatow served as producer on Bridesmaids.

His writing credits include Seth Rogen's Pineapple Express and Adam Sandler's You Don't Mess With the Zohan.

TV writer Clair Labine, who has worked on soaps General Hospital, Ryan's Hope and One Life To Live, will be handed the McLellan Hunter Award, while The...

'The Help' Leads 2012 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

January 19th, 2012 2:40pm EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama The Help looks set to dominate the 2012 NAACP Image Awards after landing eight nominations.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture against seven-time nominee Pariah, comedy Tower Heist, Jumping The Broom and The First Grader, while stars Viola Davis and Emma Stone will go head-to-head for the title of Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.

The Help co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Cicely Tyson are also nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress field, alon...

Kristen Wiig Not Planning On Making 'Bridesmaids 2'

January 18th, 2012 10:30am EST
Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig has finally silenced speculation of a "Bridesmaids" sequel, insisting she is "not planning" to write a follow-up.

Rumors have been rife the former "Saturday Night Live" funnywoman would pen "Bridesmaids 2" following the runaway success of the movie last year.

Castmember and stand-out star Melissa McCarthy recently admitted she would only sign on for a sequel if Wiig was involved, but the star, who co-wrote the screenplay with fellow lead Annie Mumolo, has now told fans not to expect a second outing.

She tells E! Online, "We're not planning on doing one (a sequel). We had a s...

'The Help' And 'The Artist' Dominate The 2012 Critics' Choice Awards

January 13th, 2012 8:12am EST
The Help
The Help and The Artist dominated the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night, scooping the event's top prizes.

The film about the treatment of black maids in 1960s America landed three of the coveted acting honors, including a Best Actress prize for Viola Davis, while her co-star Octavia Spencer picked up the night's first award, Best Supporting Actress.

Davis told the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium, "I consider it an honor to pay homage to these woman who at that time period were not allowed to dream."

The ladies were handed another trophy, Best Acting Ensemble, bu...

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